Rather belatedly, in the ever increasing world of globalization, and as the UK heads towards Brexit, Oxford HR has this month established its first overseas presence with the opening of our Amsterdam office. This new office is intended to strengthen our offer to international development partners in European countries and do more than could be achieved from the Oxford HR office in Oxford.
Yolanda Weldring will be Oxford HR’s Associate Director in Amsterdam and will lead on the development of our operations covering the EU, working in close collaboration with Directors and the team in Oxford. Yolanda is a resident in the Netherlands and has already begun the process of approaching Development NGOs in the Netherlands (members of branch organisation Partos) and Belgium (members of branch organisation CONCORD, Belgium). Thereafter, there will be an ever increasing potential in Europe to offer Oxford HR’s 22 years of expertise, across NGO platforms in 28 European countries which are comparable to BOND in the UK and Partos in the Netherlands. We intend to approach those networks and organisations strategically based on the strengths of our existing business and hard earned reputation.
Yolanda brings over 30 years of experience in Human Resources Development, 18 years of which sits within International Development. Before Oxford HR, Yolanda held a number of interim director and management roles in Africa and Asia, with HelpAge International, Hivos, Practical Action and Education Development Trust. Yolanda previously served as International Director with Oxfam Novib and Regional Director East & Southern Africa with Save the Children UK, so has an extensive background in Development Cooperation. In all of these roles she was also responsible for the recruitment of senior positions such as Country Director and other senior regional roles.
Yolanda has worked in the Netherlands, UK, East Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, and has worked out of the Netherlands, UK, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda. From duty stations, she supported country programs and regional offices., with Human Resources Management remaining an essential part of those roles.
Yolanda is committed to the values of Oxford HR and identifying capable and high performing candidates for roles in international development, contributing to the strong delivery of programs and quality policy development by organizations whose aim is to help to reduce disparity in the world.
We hope you will join us in welcoming Yolanda to Oxford HR